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Comment Re:Moslems are killing you guys and ... (Score 1) 965

I understand enough about Islam to know that there's no consensus within Islam about what the material aims of Islam are, and that no one individual has the authority to say what those aims are, and "no one individual" includes you and me. I wonder what expertise you claim that trumps these 1000 Muslim leaders and academics?

I suspect you've been misled by the common myth that religion is bound to an unchanging literal interpretation of its founding texts, and so the "true" version of a religion is found by a simplistic reading of those texts, but that's not the way most religion works in the real world (including most of Islam). Religions change over time, much to the inconvenience of those whose argument against religion is the dogma that they don't.

Comment Re:Moslems are killing you guys and ... (Score 1) 965

Oh, Islamic terrorism is a coordinated movement (though not as coordinated as you seem to think) but it's not the same as Islam, It's a bunch of jerks within Islam. And white supremacist terrorism is more coordinated than you seem to think, as is anti-Islamic terrorism such as Anders Brevik's.

Comment Definitely correct on one point (Score 3, Interesting) 291

The article is definitely correct on one point. It says "The media will likely focus on the number of jobs that can be displaced and not necessarily Haldane's points on new jobs being created." And the /. headline? "Bank of England's Andy Haldane Warns Smart Machines Could Take 15M UK Jobs."

Comment Convenient timing (Score 5, Insightful) 289

So although the experts don't know what caused the crash, it seems that the British PM David Cameron does know, and it's ISIS.

In other news, Cameron wants British airstrikes on ISIS but can't get the support of parliament.

No matter how much I tell myself that correlation is not causation, this just looks like too much of a coincidence.

Comment Re:Enlightenment (Score 2) 269

Check your facts -- Galileo didn't get into trouble for his heliocentric theories, he got into trouble for calling the pope an idiot for asking for the evidence -- who was on the side of science there? Galileo had been told to stop teaching heliocentrism in Church schools unless he had some evidence to support it, and Galileo threw a hissy fit and refused to stop. Even the inquisition said that if he had evidence to support the theory he'd be in the clear. (Unfortunately, the only evidence he had was from telescopes, which were unproven and many scientists at the time regarded in much the same way as scientists regard E-meters nowadays.)

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

Have you seen London traffic? It doesn't move. It's not possible to make it worse. The idea is that giving people who can use bikes that alternative stands a good chance of reducing the London traffic, because a bike is much faster (even for me, and at 60 I'm not far off the *elderly* category).

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Just because you ride a bike, doesn't mean you can ride in the road and ignore traffic lights, ignore stop signs, cut the lane in between cars and have the gull to grab onto a car and use it as a speed booster.

Indeed it doesn't. And I don't know about where you are, but in the UK most of those things are likely to get the cyclist a hefty fine if caught. Sure, some cyclists try it on anyway, but how many motorists can say they've never exceeded a speed limit?

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson